Our Team

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JP Gladu

President and CEO

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000 and holds an Executive MBA from Queens University. JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.  In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today.

Currently, JP serves on the Board of Ontario Power Generation and Noront Resources as well as the Canadian Electricity Association Public Advisory Panel.  His previous appointments include Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.

As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.

416.961.8663 ext. 235
jpgladu@ccab.com

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David Abbott

Vice President, Operations

David Abbott of Ojibway–Metis descent (with family ties to the Pays Plat First Nation in Northern Ontario) is a seasoned management professional, who has over 22 years of private sector experience having gained operational, product marketing, business development and client serving experience through various roles in the financial industry. Through his CCAB recognized Aboriginal owned consulting practice, he works with Aboriginal non-profits by providing a range of professional management and business based services.

He has held leadership roles at CIBC Mellon, State Street Canada, RBC Dexia as well as SS&C Technologies (formerly Financial Models Company, Inc.). He has served on several community boards including the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto and is currently a member of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada Advisory board.

David received his MBA from the Edinburgh School of Business, Heriot Watt University.

416.961.8663 ext. 223
dabbott@ccab.com

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Stephanie McMahon

Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Stephanie was born and raised in Toronto and is a graduate of York University with a degree in Sociology. Stephanie has committed the last 12+ years of her career in the non profit sector with a focus on working with organizations who strive to improve the lives of others.

She has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking with her two dogs on weekends.

416.961.8663 ext. 221
smcmahon@ccab.com

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Joseph Bastien

Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives

Joseph is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, a graduate of the University of Toronto (Political Science and Aboriginal Studies), and a Masters Candidate (Political Science) at the University of Victoria. Joseph’s work explores the legal and political environment of First Nations consultations and agreement negotiations, trends in corporate social responsibility and risk management, and methods to encourage engagement and improve relations amongst First Nations communities, governments, and corporate stakeholders. Joseph has over 15 years of experience working with Aboriginal communities and organizations, and has previously served with the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ontario Power Authority, and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC),

416.961.8663 ext. 230
jbastien@ccab.com

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Lynda Keith

Director, Marketing

Lynda Keith has worked in the Marketing, Communications, Special Events and Sponsorship industries for over 25 years and is the principal of Lynda Keith – Marketing, Communications & Events. She began her career at the Bay, heading up the Special Events Dept. for their flagship store and later was promoted to Senior Manager, National Special Events for the retail chain. Between positions at the Bay, Lynda took on the role of Director, Marketing and Retail Services for Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Next, Lynda turned her sights to the non-profit sector becoming Manager, Marketing and Communications, for the Toronto Zoo. Most recently Lynda was the Director, Resource Development, for Camp Maple Leaf, a camp for disadvantaged kids and children of Military families. Lynda has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Windsor.

416.961.8663 ext. 224
lkeith@ccab.com

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Gloria Truong

Events & Marketing Associate

Gloria obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences along with a Sports Administration Certificate from York University. After university, her interests in sports and events led her to working with private and non-profit organizations such as Hala Events, Bridgepoint Health Foundation, TrojanOne, and Israel Tennis Centers Foundation. Gloria has extensive experience in planning a variety of events that include galas, tennis and golf tournaments, and corporate meetings/conferences. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys learning Krav Maga, travelling the world, and cooking.

416.961.8663 ext. 227
gtruong@ccab.com

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Stella Nesca

Communications & Marketing Associate

Stella obtained diplomas in Public Relations and Marketing as well as a certificate in Business Management from the University of Winnipeg. Throughout and after University, she handled the marketing, PR and communications for two publishing houses, Signature Editions and J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing. She promoted many authors across Canada such as Governor General Award winner Rosanna Deerchild (North End Love Songs) and the Late Don Marks (They Call Me Chief, Playing The White Man’s Games). An arts, culture and business fanatic, she has been the Publicist and Marketing Agent for the largest tattoo convention in North America based out of Toronto for the past four years and also assisted with the Shanghai Tattoo convention in 2015.
In her spare time Stella enjoys reading biographies, going to concerts and playing with her two dogs, Louis and Boris.

416.961.8663 ext. 241
snesca@ccab.com

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Ken Montour

Membership Relations Manager

Ken Montour (Bear Clan) is a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and has recently joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business as Membership Relations Manager.

Ken completed an e-Business Diploma from Mohawk College and then went on to receive his BA in Communication Studies from Brock University.

Previously Ken worked at the Chiefs of Ontario, and for the past nine years, was honoured to have an exciting career at Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), growing into a seasoned fundraising professional, working primarily with Corporate Relations. Through Indspire, Ken worked on a total of 22 career conferences for Indigenous high school students, 9 Indspire Awards that honours Indigenous Achievement across Canada and the first four National Gathering for Indigenous Education conferences.

While not stewarding relationships between the private sector and Indigenous charities, Ken can be found at 11,000 feet; as a Skydiving enthusiast and videographer, filming students and other professional skydivers!

416.961.8663 ext. 229
kmontour@ccab.com

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Summer Jones

Membership Coordinator

Summer Jones has recently joined the CCAB team as our Receptionist through our partnership with Miziwe Biik. Summer is of Anishinaabe decent and actively maintains a connection to her roots, culture and community. Summer was born on a southern Ontario farm, lived across North America and currently calls Toronto her home. Her career started out in the culinary arts where her love of food allowed her to nurture her administrative, management and coordination skills. Before joining CCAB, she was working as an account manager at Royal Bank where she further cultivated her customer service skills. Summer has numerous years working with the public and is excited to be a part of the CCAB team. When she’s not at work, Summer enjoys practicing Shaolin martial arts, making music, and spending time in nature with her loved ones.

416.961.8663 ext. 234
sjones@ccab.com

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Andre Morriseau

Director, Awards and Stakeholder Relations

Andre Morriseau (Ojibway) is an enthusiastic advocate and ambassador for Aboriginal arts, culture and public affairs. A member of the Fort William First Nation (Thunder Bay) where he maintains a home, Mr. Morriseau is based in Toronto. Over the past 15 years Andre has served on numerous boards of directors including the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, Native American Journalist’s Association (NAJA), Aboriginal Voices Radio Network (AVR) and the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. In 2003 Mr. Morriseau was chosen as one of the first three recipients of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Award.

Andre has gained a reputation for promoting and supporting Aboriginal arts and public affairs. As former host of Nation to Nation on Aboriginal Voices Radio, CKAV 106.5 FM, and UrbaNative at CIUT University of Toronto, he shared countless stories of Indigenous peoples and their experiences. As well he has volunteered his time for many years with Nationtalk.ca Canada’s Premier Aboriginal Newswire where many of his interviews with the who’s who of the Aboriginal world can be listened to on the New Media section of the newswire.

For five exciting years Andre worked as the Secretariat for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) now Indspire. For the past three years he worked as the Communications Officer for the Chiefs of Ontario (COO). He is the current Chair of the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards Jury and recently accepted the position of Director, Awards and Communications with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

416.961.8663 ext. 240
amorriseau@ccab.com

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Luanne Whitecrow

Program Manager

Luanne Whitecrow is an Ojibway from the Seine River First Nation in Ontario. She graduated from the Toronto School of Business with diplomas in Micro Computer Business Applications, Network and Communications, and Office Administration. She has 5 years’ experience working within the Aboriginal community in the Greater Toronto Area, where she worked at the Aboriginal Business Resource Centre in marketing and promotion for the Toronto Aboriginal Business Association, its annual TABA Awards, and the Small Business Certificate Program. She played a key role in providing networking and guided support to Aboriginal artists in multiple disciplines: music, art, crafts, and other business ventures.

416.961.8663 ext. 231
lwhitecrow@ccab.com

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Josh Riley

Manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Josh Riley moved to Canada from Australia in 2015 and is a descendant of the Wiradjuri Australian Aboriginal Nation and the Negros Occidental Province of the Philippines. Josh’s professional experience covers financial inclusion, corporate social responsibility and diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining CCAB, Josh led Indigenous engagement initiatives at Australia’s largest bank. Over his 11 years in banking, Josh has had the opportunity to increase the industry’s engagement in Indigenous affairs particularly at the CEO and executive committee level, serve on the Indigenous Advisory Group of the National Indigenous Financial Services Network, and shadow the CEO of Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company through the CEO For A Day initiative.

Josh has a keen interest in creating opportunities to exchange global best practice in economic development for Indigenous communities to enhance outcomes for Indigenous peoples in both Canada and Australia.

416.961.8663 ext. 238
jriley@ccab.com

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Max Skudra

Director, Research & Government Relations

Max has a background in Human Rights, business development and finance. He began his career working for Human Rights Watch in Toronto and New York. He later worked in the financial services industry, performing derivatives administration and valuations analysis in Toronto. Max went on to organize micro-finance and community savings programs in marginalized areas of Bogota, Colombia.

Since 2011 Max has been working for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, conducting research on the Aboriginal economy. His research has led to reports on Aboriginal entrepreneurs, Community owned corporations, and Aboriginal business relationships, as well as conferences and roundtables on these topics across the country. This work has informed the Government of Ontario’s $25 million Aboriginal Economic Development Fund, federal and provincial policy, corporate strategy and academic research. Max took a year off to undertake a Master’s degree in Global Development, focusing on Indigenous business development, at Queen’s University. He has since returned to the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is currently working on developing the business case for local Aboriginal procurement in the mining sector. He is also organizing a series of roundtables and conferences funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

416.961.8663 ext. 232
mskudra@ccab.com

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Paul-Emile McNab

Senior Manager, Research

Paul-Emile re-joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business on October 31st, 2016. Prior to that, he had been active in the field of Research and Consulting for the past eleven years. In 2007, he completed his honours degree in History, Political Science and Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto. In 2010, he completed his Masters in Environmental Studies at York University, with a focus on Indigenous knowledge and a Major Research Paper titled The Traditional Rights of Ways on the Walpole Island First Nation on the nascent transition of roads, the automobile (via Henry Ford) from traditional life to the early 21st century on the WIFN.

In the spring 2013, he finished a research project on a Métis narrative of the War of 1812-14 for the Métis Nation of Ontario. In August 2013, he joined the CCAB as a Research Analyst and completed the Ontario Aboriginal Business Survey 2014 and led the National Aboriginal Business Survey, which was released in 2016. He is an Indigenous scholar who has been published in numerous books, articles and magazines. He completed work as a Researcher and Consultant alongside author James Laxer and his bestselling books titled Tecumseh & Brock The War of 1812 and Staking Claims to a Continent. In May 2015, he joined the Canadian Board Diversity Council managing the Research Portfolio, which included the Annual Report Card 2015-16 and the Diversity 50 initiative. He is of Métis descent and currently resides in Toronto.

416.961.8663 x 239
pmcnab@ccab.com

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Danbi Cho

Research Associate

Danbi Cho is a proud Mi’kmaq member of the Miawupukek First Nation located in Conne River, Newfoundland. Mr. Cho is recognized as a tireless contributor who drives business relationships between corporate Canada and our Aboriginal communities and businesses. He embodies a unique set of skills gained through a diverse employment background, with several years of experience in Aboriginal relations channeled through various industries; these include live events production, construction, program management and sport, all with a focus on strengthening Aboriginal business relationships in Canada.

With an acute understanding of Aboriginal business practices and public affairs, he has been recognized as an effective communicator and talented in identifying and procuring Aboriginal-specific economic opportunities. Danbi has achieved practical results by working collaboratively with people in diverse settings. Most recently he delivered on the objectives set out by the Aboriginal Leadership Partners and the Aboriginal Relations portfolio within the TORONTO 2015 Pan American / Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee. Danbi ensured the meaningful participation of Aboriginal people and their communities in the Games through the themes of economic development, youth, arts, culture, and volunteers. He also was responsible for the planning and execution for the Aboriginal component in both the Pan and Para Torch Relays. Please feel free to connect with Mr. Cho here at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

416.961.8663 ext. 237
dcho@ccab.com

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Cindy Chen

Research Consultant

Cindy has an extensive business background, with particular industry experience in the technology sector. She obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and went on to obtain her CPA designation while working at Ernst & Young. Her interest in innovation led her to shift gears into the startup world, delivering successful web and mobile applications and applying the human-centered design framework for complex problem solving. Her rapid growth led her to product development and user experience design teams that worked on a $500M+ IPTV project at Rogers.

Cindy has been brought on as a research consultant to share her wealth of knowledge in product strategy, design thinking, user research to leverage technological innovations and deliver on CCAB initiatives.

Outside of work, Cindy is an avid traveler having taken a year sabbatical to travel the world. She is also a certified yoga teacher and loves to listen to the TED radio hour podcast while trying out new baking recipes.

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Samantha Morton

Research Associate

Samantha Morton obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University in 2014. Shortly after that, her passion for diversity and inclusion led her to a position at the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) where she assisted on a number of projects related to the connection, celebration, and advancement of female leaders. Prior to joining CCAB, Samantha was Manager, Member and Client Engagement, for both the Women’s Executive Network and its sister organization, the Canadian Board Diversity Council. She has extensive experience in proposal writing, project management, and client engagement strategy. In her spare time Samantha participates as a Mentor at the Working Women Community Centre, a charitable organization that aims to help immigrant women adjust to living and working in Toronto.

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Katarina Savic

Research Coordinator

Katarina Savic is a recent graduate from York University, completing her International Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science and Business. During her third year of study, she did a semester abroad at the University of Geneva where she became advanced in speaking and writing in French. Her love for travel and learning about new cultures took her to travel the world and visit over 20 countries.

Katarina’s strong interest in Aboriginal affairs has led her to her current role as Research Coordinator. Prior to that, her two years of work experience as Student Services Assistant at the York University English Language Institute enhanced her organizational and communication skills which makes her very fit for this position. Outside of work, you can find Katarina volunteering at Native Child and Family Services, tutoring foreigners to improve their English, or at the local gym.

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Viktoriya Zadorozhna

Finance Coordinator

Viktoriya Zadorozhna is a Business graduate from St. Lawrence College; majoring in Accounting. Originally from Kingston, ON, Viktoriya moved to Toronto to pursue a career in Accounting/Finance and to receive her Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Viktoriya started at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in early 2015 as an Intern. Shortly after, she was hired as the Finance Coordinator. Aside from her professional life at CCAB, Viktoriya is a skilled bartender and works part-time in the service industry. She retains over 7 years’ experience in the hospitality field. In her free time, Viktoriya loves to travel and spend time with her friends and family.

416.961.8663 ext. 225
VZadorozhna@ccab.com